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Pesach 2023 at Kesher Israel

Thank you for visiting Kesher Israel's Pesach Portal for 2023/5783.
Please click the below quick links to access all of the information and resources available for the chag!

Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

Quick Links:

2023 Pesach Halachot and Information Sell Chametz with Rabbi Shafner
Donate Maot Chittim Kosher for Pesach Food in DC
Information on Bi'ur Chametz (Burning) Full Pesach Schedule
Pesach Programming  

Pesach Halachot, Reference & Reading Material, and Kashrut Information

Mechirat Chametz (Sale of Chametz)

Rabbi Shafner will be coordinating the sale of chametz for Kesher Israel this year.

All Kesher Israel chametz sales will be conducted online.

Though in other years it may be preferable to appoint Rabbi Shafner in person, your online agency is fully acceptable halachically. Please click here to fill out the online form. That is all that is required.

The online form must be completed by 11:59 PM Monday, April 3rd!  

Please wait an hour after the end of the holiday to use your chametz.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with Rabbi Shafner.  

Maot Chittim

If one is concerned about their ability to afford Pesach foods, please contact Rabbi Shafner for assistance.

Maot Chittim donations can be contributed online or called into the office.

To ensure that funds are available for distribution in time for Chag, please complete by Friday, March 31st.


Bi'ur Chametz (burning of Chametz)

There will be an outdoor burning of chametz at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 5 in the backyard of the Shafner/Winkelman residence.

Kosher for Passover in DC

Char Bar Passover Catering 
Char Bar is offering Passover Seder and meal catering (delivery in DC is $5). Click here for info and menu.

Soupergirl will be offering a Passover meal delivery program! 
The Soupergirl menu includes some classics (charoset, tsimmes, and more), along with a full list of delicious soups and desserts. Everything is 100% plant-based (pareve). The site is now live Questions or comments? Email

Buying Wine from Give Back to Kesher

Did you know that will donate 2% of your order to Kesher? Use this link to place your order, or go to after ordering to enter your order number and Kesher's code (526386) under "Earn Cash For Your Charity."


Rabbi Shafner's Shabbat HaGadol Drasha: The Four Sons in Halacha and History.
Shabbat, April 1, 5:45 PM at Kesher Israel 

Ne'ilat Ha'Chag
Thursday, April 13, following Mincha at Kesher Israel

On the last day of Pesach following mincha join us for Ne'ilat Ha'Chag to say good-bye to the Pesach holiday. Come enjoy some snacks and some song as we bid farewell to the Yom Tov.

Sponsored by the Eli & Adi Feen & Family in memory of Adi’s father, Yitzchak ben Reuven HaLevi, in recognition of the inspired spiritual leadership and warm friendship of the Shafners, and in gratitude to the Kesher Israel community for its support of our family (Gidon benefited so much from this community!)

Full Pesach Schedule and Times


Tuesday, April 4                                                               7:15 AM Shacharit
  7:20 PM Mincha/Maariv
  After 8:17 PM            Bedikat Chametz
Wednesday, April 5 7:15 AM Shacharit
Erev Pesach 7:45 AM Siyum (in person and on Zoom at
Ta'anit Bechorot 11:00 AM  Communal Bi'ur Chametz (Rabbinic Residence) 
  11:03 AM Last Time to Eat Chametz
  12:07 PM Last Time to Burn Chametz 
  7:17 PM Candle Lighting (remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin)
  7:20 PM Mincha
  7:35 PM Maariv
  1:10 AM Chatzot HaLailah
Thursday, April 6 10:00 AM Shacharit
1st day of Pesach 7:20 PM Mincha
  7:36 PM Maariv
  8:17 PM Candle Lighting & earliest time to prepare and start 2nd Seder
    Remember to count the Omer!
Friday,  April 7 10:00 AM Shacharit
2nd day of Pesach 7:19 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting
  7:20 PM Mincha/Maariv
Shabbat, April 8 9:00 AM Shacharit (Shir HaShirim)
Chol HaMoed 7:10 PM  Mincha (no Seudah Shlishit in Shul)
  8:19 PM Maariv/Havdalah
Sunday, April 9 8:00 AM Shacharit
Chol HaMoed 7:20 PM Mincha/Maariv
Monday, April 10  7:05 AM Shacharit
Chol HaMoed 7:20 PM Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday, April 11 7:05 AM Shacharit
Erev Chag 7:20 PM Mincha
  7:23 PM Candle Lighting
  7:40 PM Maariv
Wednesday, April 12 9:00 AM Shacharit
7th day Pesach 7:20 PM Mincha
  7:40 PM Maariv
  8:23PM Candle Lighting
Thursday, April 13 9:00 AM Shacharit (Yizkor)
8th day Pesach 7:20 PM Mincha
  7:40 PM Ne'ilat Ha'Chag, sponsored by the Eli & Adi Feen & Family in memory of Adi’s father, Yitzchak ben Reuven HaLevi,
  8:25 PM Maariv/Havdalah
  9:30 PM Time to eat Chametz sold by R' Shafner
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